2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 5 - 6 Sleeps
Aloha, we'd like to share with you the story of our property, Pu'u Menehune, which was, until recently, bull pasture for Parker Ranch. Our pristine 13-acre parcel, located in the heart of Paniola (Hawaiian cowboy) country, is blessed with a meandering stream, abundant waterfalls, and unsurpassed views of sacred Mauna Kea ('White Mountain') volcano.
As you will experience when you hike Pu'u Menehune, this area was the summer playground for Hawaiian Ali'i (royalty) who came to Waimea for its cool upslope weather, open spaces, fun outdoor activities, and beautiful vistas. This is truly God's Country!
The 1920's paniolo style home (bungalow) was formerly part of the historic Waimea Hotel and was saved by the owners from the wrecking ball when it was moved to its present location and painstakingly restored to its former glory -- a project that took the owners over 2-years to complete. Each room is furnished with period antiques and fixtures including an old, double drain, porcelain kitchen sink, period porcelain pedestal sinks in the bathrooms, chandeliers and period lighting in every room, high ceilings with original crown moldings, as well as a wood burning fireplace with ample firewood, and a wrap-around porch to entice you out of the house for the evening. During your stay, you will feel as though you stepped back in time, to a time when life was easier, when relaxation was permissible, when sitting on the front porch was the evening's entertainment.
On a clear, moonlit night, you will be treated to unsurpassed views of Mauna Kea. Feel free to do a 'moon walk' under the star-filled skies. Greet the morning with your cup of Kona coffee and watch the sunrise as you gaze across Parker Ranch's vast pastures and grazing cattle. Watch as the sun dances across two beautiful pu'u (cinder cones) fronting the property and the Jurassic Park-like scenery surrounding the bungalow-house.
Pu'u Menehune is surrounded by beautiful, native forests, horse and cattle ranches, pastures, and unspoiled forests, and has its own flowing stream with numerous waterfalls and ponds. Look and you will be treated to the sight of pheasants, turkeys, quail, as well as native honey-creepers and birds of prey like the Hawaiian owl (pueo) and Hawaiian hawk (io). Enjoy the beauty of your own stream and the many pristine waterfalls which cascade along its course forming numerous ponds. The property is partially forested with native koa, ohia, sandalwood trees, hapu'u ferns, maile, and other native plants. Other trees include apple, peach, pear, plum, cherry, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, and clementine trees. Our 13 acre ranch offers you privacy, peace and quiet, hiking, and a nature walk along our pristine stream just a two-minute walk from the house, breathtaking waterfalls, and unsurpassed vistas of Mauna Kea and of Parker Ranch and its vast pastures, as well as abundant and unspoiled nature -- an artist's and photographer's delight! Located at a 3,300 foot elevation, the property offers constantly changing weather patterns and it is not unusual to find yourself in a cloud or mountain mist.
Although you will feel like you are in a world of your own, the charming town of Waimea is just 5 minutes away by car and offers all modern conveniences. The only thing we ask is that you join us in cherishing and protecting our historic home and this beautiful land -- truly God's Country!
Our historic, plantation bungalow features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a day-bed, a gourmet kitchen having an antique porcelain double sink, modern stainless steel appliances including refrigerator, gas stove with an electric oven located on an island, microwave, kitchen fully furnished with dishes (some antique), glasses (including wine glasses), cutlery, pots, pans, baking pans, spices, and partly stocked pantry. Kona coffee and various teas are provided in the 'coffee bar'. Other features include high ceilings with original mouldings, antique lighting, wood burning fireplace, wrap around porch to enjoy those breathtaking views, vistas from every room, cable t.v., DVD player, CD stereo (music will never sound better), and a walk-in, slate shower with panoramic views! The two bedrooms have queen sized beds that sleep 4 adults. One bedroom has a princess cradle for an infant or toddler. The living room has a 'day-bed' for a fifth adult or two if you like it cozy. A stacked washer/dryer is also available.
We promise you a memorable stay! Aloha!
Beautiful, private location, the view was exactly as pictured. Very peaceful setting!
About the Owner
Gail and Peter are the owners and proprietors of Pu'u Menehune. We grew up in Hawaii and love the Big Island (especially Waimea!) and have a passion for historic homes and architecture, antiques, and native flora and fauna. We undertook this project (Pu'u Menehune) to save this beautiful, historic paniolo home, to furnish it with antiques and period fixtures, and to surround it with native (indigenous and endemic) trees and plants, and to protect the beautiful stream and waterfalls. We are in the process of reforesting the property with native trees and understory.
5 based on 11 traveler reviews
Beautiful, private location, the view was exactly as pictured. Very peaceful setting!
We loved our first visit to the Big Island to visit our oldest son who lives in Waimea! We stayed the first week of September. The island had two hurricanes pass by and get downgraded to tropical storms on the island. The one was two days before we arrived the other was the day we arrived. Property was intact and no apparent damage just the expected dampness. The only thing effected was the exterior. Grass was not cut (a crew came immediately when the rain stopped and took care of that). Porch areas were slightly in need of attention but nothing that would alter your stay. Interior was exactly as pictured. My 75 year old mother who is an avid collector loved the antiques and the period the house represented. The loving resoration is quite apparent and we felt truly blessed to be able to enjoy a week there. My additional favorites were the comfortable beds and bedding, bathroom with the slate shower, the well appointed cheerful kitchen and the view from the windows while eating breakfast in the dining room. It was a trip of a lifetime and Pu'U Menehune just added so much to our stay. Peter and Gail were spectacular hosts and answered any questions we had promptly. You can tell the owners put alot of heart and soul into restoring this diamond in the rough back to it's original splendor (loved seeing the project pictures!) and were equally dedicated to the landscape of the property. Hope to stay again some day!
Our stay was two weeks. Beautiful place, helpful owner, responded quickly the few times I needed anything. Waimea is not heavily "tourist" Hawaii, which is what we wanted and expected, but it's only 20 minutes from the beaches on the Kona side. Expect we'll see if we can stay there again if we go back.
Very Special Place
If you value privacy, quiet, natural beauty and having all the comforts of home, this is the place for you. The owners are helpful, taking our special needs into consideration. The house has everything one would need, great kitchen well outfitted, lots of quality materials, everything well cared for and in good order.
The view of Mauna Kea is spectacular. We really appreciated that the owners planted native trees - koa and ohia lehua. Lots of birds around. We loved just sitting on the lanai - night and day. This is old Hawaii living, there's nothing of the "beach condo" experience here.
We were there during misty and rainy cool weather when it was warm just down the road so if the island sun is a must, be warned this place can been a bit cool/cold and wet. The directions were accurate and it is an easy drive into the town of Waimea. And it's about a half hour down hill to spectacular beaches and cultural sites.
We highly recommend eating at Merriman's well prepared locally sourced sustainable cuisine, best in all the islands.
No complaints, really. And we rent many vacation rentals, this is our fourth just this year. The house is more worn than I had expected but it has a wonderful history. Knowing that makes it more fun, actually. There is even a "furo" a traditional Japanese tub, which we also have in our home. This is a soaking tub, not to be used for a bath and it was broken while we were there. We mention it because we hope to return and would love to use it. And we will return. Thanks to the owners for taking good care of this home and making it available.
The property was exactly as advertized
Unique rural setting on the big island. Traditional Ohana home. Very basic but has all the charm of old Hawaii. The house is located on 10+ acres and is very private and peaceful. It's also located at an altitude of about 3,500 feet which means the are no mosquitoes and the temperature was a very pleasant 75-80 degrees. There was a small snafu and it was not cleaned after the previous renters. The owner more than made amends and was very responsive. Both my wife and I plan to stay there again.
Peaceful, relaxing aloha experience
We stayed four nights at Pu'u Menehune in late May. Our experience was very positive. The view from the lanai is absolutely breathtaking. The mornings are best for views of Mauna Kea, since the afternoons and evenings tend to be cloudy (at least that was our experience). Some evenings were clear with good views of the stars. Our best memories were made enjoying the mornings with a cup of coffee, sharing it with the birds. The house itself is well-furnished, and you have everything you might need. The shower in the master bedroom is great, including a large window with a view. Waimea is a wonderful town with great markets and restaurants. If we have anything that was less than positive to say it is that 1) it can be challenging to find the house at night if you don't know the area. Even with the detailed directions that the owners provide, it can be hard to find in the dark the first time (especially after a long trip from the mainland with a late arrival). 2) The waterfalls on the property are hard to hike to because of the overgrowth in the forest and a lack of a clear path. I'm sure that this part of the property should stay well-preserved, and I'm all for keeping it secluded and pristine. But it might help to warn anyone staying at the house that getting to the waterfalls is not easy and should be avoided by those less physically capable. Overall though, this was a great experience that we won't forget. The owners should be commended for preserving the building and putting it in such a wonderful location.
My husband and I returned to the Island for the 1st time since our honeymoon 45 years ago. We were exceedingly happy to stay in this perfect, beautifully decorated cottage situated in a landscape intended for peaceful relaxing. This is THE spot for solitude away from resorts (but are a short drive away when you want the beach). Quaint Hawaiian villages are nearby to see....and Waimea has some very good restaurants and several Farmer's markets each week. I have never been in a rental that is so lovingly cared for and so very organized.....anything we needed was there in the cottage. Thank you to the owners Gail and Peter.....hope to see you next year!
From the Owner
“Pu'u Mehehune is truly unique. We don't brag the largest house, the most modern, the most number of bedrooms or fireplaces. We are a 'Waimea' experience. If you wish to come, to stay, and to experience Waimea as it 'was', to enjoy a beautiful historic, home in a breathtaking environment where you have privacy (an electronic ranch gate), peace, and quiet, and a place where you can't put your camera away or stop your wonderment, then we may be the property for you. Pu'u Menehune is not just a vacation rental -- it is an experience!”
Activity and Interests
Pu'u Menehune (Hawaiian for cinder cone housing small legendary people) is located on a 13-acre, former Parker Ranch bull pasture with a flowing stream and numerous waterfalls! Pu'u Menehune has the BEST views of Mauna Kea ('White Mountain') in all of Waimea! Go hiking, exploring, swimming in waterfall-ponds, bird-watching, and walking through our botanical gardens of koa, ohia, iliahi (sandalwood), maile, protea bushes, and numerous fruiting trees without leaving the property!
Although you will feel as though you are in a world by yourself, Waimea Town is just 5 minutes away by car. Waimea sits at the base of 14,000' Mauna Kea volcano which is the premier site in the Northern Hemisphere for astronomical observation. If you are adventurous, take a drive to the top of Mauna Kea and experience the heavens. Waimea is also home to one of Hawaii's oldest churches, the Imiola Congregational Church, built by the missionaries in the early 1700's. Waimea is full of history from ancient Hawaiian temples (heeiau) and settlements dating back a millinnium to WWII days when soldiers of the Second and Fifth Marine Divisions prepared for battle at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Waimea has preserved many of its historic buildings and these designs have been followed in its newer buildings. It has many quaint shopping destinations which have boutique stores featuring local crafts and products as well as several antique shops.
Waimea also has become a culinary center of the State and the Pacific and offers some of the finest restaurants in Hawaii including Merriman's, Waimea Ranch House, Red Water Cafe, Parker Ranch Broiler, and others. These progressive chefs are constantly developing new dishes using produce and meats from Waimea's organic farms and ranches and fish from nearby Kawaihae Harbor. If you enjoy cooking, pick up some local fresh produce from one of the many nearby farmer's markets and cook to your heart's delight in your gourmet kitchen. Your family and friends will love your tasty treats! If you are lucky, you may catch Waimea's fresh strawberries in season! They are the best! Activities in Waimea include the Cherry Blossom Festival held in early February, the Parker Ranch Rodeo held on July 4th, an old fashioned Christmas Parade, and the Parker Ranch Museum.
Visit the historic homes of Samuel Parker, who, with a land-grant from King Kamehameha The Great, started what became, and still is, one of America's largest ranches at over 200,000 acres.
At Pu'u Menehune, you will be part of that history! Pu'u Menehune, at an elevation of 3,300 feet, is only a 20 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in the World including Hapuna Beach State Park and Kauna'oa Beach located at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort! Hapuna Beach, measuring half a mile, is the Bis Island's largest white sand beach. In one annual survey, it was rated by 'Dr. Beach' as the best beach in America. Kauna'oa is a beautiful, crescent-shaped beach of white sand leading into azure water framed by swaying palms. So beautiful is this beach, that it is annually voted on of the top beaches in the world by Conde Nast's 'Traveler' Magazine.
Nearby is Puako Beach where you can snorkel and swim with the turtles, but please don't touch - it's against the law. If golfing is your pleasure, you are lucky! The Kohala Resorts, which include the Mauna Kea, the Hapuna Beach, the Mauna Lani (Senior Men's Skins Game), and the Waikoloa offer some of the best golfing in the world - and have some of the most beautiful ocean holes you will ever get a chance to play. Other adventures include horseback riding at Kahua Ranch, a short, but beautiful, drive away, or at Waipio Valley which leads to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in the pond below the falls. The nearby plantation town of Hawi offers a fun and safe flume ride in a kayak along a historic irrigation canal carved into the mountainside, or just sit back and enjoy the car ride along the Kohala Mountain Road which is rated by many travel magazines as one of the ten best scenic drives in America.
And, for your day trip, you must venture to Volcano National Park and see the lava! Yes, Madam Pele has been erupting for the past 15 years, and, if you are lucky, you may be able to see lava as it flows to the sea. And this is just the beginning! There is so much more that awaits you. Aloha!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
|Cleaning Fee||$175 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Rental fee due 60-days prior to stay. Security deposit of $500.00 is due with signed contract. Booking dates are not secured until both rental fee and security deposit are received.
Please note that we do not allow renters to wear shoes in the house. If you need to wear shoes in the house, then this home is not for you.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“You may not want to leave Pu'u Menehune once you come. Perhaps you should leave yourselves a few extra days in case you can't bring yourselves to pack your bags. We have had children cry when they were told by their parents that it is time to leave. We have had artists leave us their artwork to share with us drawings of our beautiful vistas. We have had photographers send us copies of their beautiful photographs of our property and views. We have had guests send us short-stories of their wonderful adventures and experiences during their stay. We have had guests leave us Aloha (love) gifts to show their appreciation for letting us sharing Pu'u Menehune with them. Pu'u Menehune is a delicate treasure. A place that is unique in its history, in its setting, in its architecture, in its views, in its natural and abundant flora and fauna, and its 'out of this world' stream and waterfalls. Enjoy the pictures! They tell the story better than we can in words.”
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- Long-term Renters Welcome
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- children welcome
- limited accessibility
- non smoking only
- Mountain View
- health/beauty spa
- live theater
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horseback riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- whale watching
- wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- equestrian events
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- sound/bay fishing
- surf fishing
- whitewater rafting
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
- Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
- 2 full baths (one bath has a walk in slate shower with panoramic views). Baths are outfitted with antique porcelain pedestal sinks.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
- Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 child bed, The child bed is a "Princess Cradle"
- 2 Queen-Size (antique) beds (maple and cherry wood four posted beds, beautifully dressed) and one day-bed in the living room
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- Guests provide their own meals